When someone has sleep apnea, their breathing stops and starts while they sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea happens when the airway gets blocked. This can be caused by things like the tongue rolling back in the throat or tissues collapsing in the airway. Not getting treatment for sleep apnea can lead to a number of major health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver issues.
A sleep doctor is the only one who can identify sleep apnea. We suggest that if you think you might have sleep apnea, you talk to both our dentist and your doctor. These are some common signs of sleep apnea:
- Being very sleepy during the day
- Changes in personality and anger
- Having trouble getting asleep
- Nosing around
- Having a sore or dry throat when you wake up
- Headaches in the morning
How you treat sleep apnea may depend on how bad the problem is. Our dentist may suggest an easy oral appliance if you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The device fits over your teeth and keeps your mouth open while you sleep, which helps treat obstructive sleep apnea. It might work by keeping your jaw in a position that keeps your airways clear while you sleep or by keeping your tongue from getting in the way. If you want to know more about how to treat sleep apnea, please call or come by our dentist’s office today. We are dedicated to making your health better!
In addition to providing smile makeovers to residents of Sterling and the surrounding areas, we also provide the following airway dentistry services in Sterling: sleep disordered breathing, Vivos System®, laser therapy, and children airway development.